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If it's true. But right now, I have no reason to believe otherwise. The Department of Homeland Security may have been ordering a nationwide police crackdown on Occupy protesters. And this is in the Guardian, not some crackpot blog. Maybe I'll have more to say about it later, but right now I'm speechless.


 Your Top 3 Faith Match Profiles Are:
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Liberal Quakers (90%)
3. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (81%)
4. Secular Humanism (79%)

I'm gonna go ahead and ignore "Unitarian Universalism" as a result, because it's so incredibly vague any belief seems to fit 100% of it. I got the fourth off of the "full profile" they sent to my email.  Roman Catholic came in at 25th, with 30%. 

Think I'll stick with it, though.

Some Issues

 "I have administrative bones to pick with God, Boo. I'll say God seems to have a kind of laid-back management style I'm not crazy about. I'm pretty much anti-death. God looks by all accounts to be pro-death. I'm not seeing how we can get together on this issue, he and I, Boo." ~ Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace



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No, I haven't become a spambot. It's just bearstealsbike linked this page to me, and I felt the need to share.

Talkin' 'bout my generation.

You asked for it.

 In my hunt for keep-me-alive-at-grad-school jobs, I found a posting for a staff writer/copy editor that asked for "a paragraph telling us what [sic] your favorite movie character is and why."

Now, this is a bit long for a paragraph, but I think I like it enough to keep. Let me know what you think.

"V, the protagonist of “V for Vendetta,” is my favorite movie character. The film shows the dangers of an opaque, authoritarian government, but V stands in defense of liberty and truth – a free press’s primary charges. He takes over a government-controlled news broadcast to spread his message of revolution and proclaims, “While the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and, for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.” He blames a docile citizenry for the country’s problems. However, they cannot be held culpable if their press fails to report their government’s atrocities. To me, V is a symbol for journalistic responsibility in an age of secret courts and warrantless wiretaps. V is for vigilance against vacuous villains, a veracious vaccination against viral vagaries that would vanquish the vox populi."

Concluding sentence: too much?

 And I found a listing that opens with this:

"Homely room in beguiling four bedroom house."

An unattractive room in a dishonest house? I think I'll pass...



"Turn our weakness into might.
Turn our blindness into sight.
Turn our questions into answers just as obvious
As moonlight in the darkest, darkest night."

Writer's Block: Puttin' it on wax

If you decided to start a band, what would you name your first album?

Band: The Existential Funk

Album: Camus Dig It?

Someone Call Mssrs. Merriam and Webster

 As many of you are probably already aware, NewSouth Books has published an edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with the N-word replaced with "slave."

Not only is this replacement inaccurate -- the character the epithet is leveled at most often is Jim, an escaped slave -- but it's also inane. Which is more offensive: to be "a black person" or "a person held in servitude as chattel to another"?

In this uproar over offensive connotations borne out of despicable history, one thing is being lost: words' meanings. I concede meanings are a product of connotation as well as denotation. But we can't just ignore the denotation, blinded by rage at the abhorrent nature of a word's aura.

I'll admit I've never been called the N-word. But, frankly, I'd rather be that than a slave. In any century.
P.S.: A lot of you are writers. How would you feel if I changed your words without your permission? And you with no recourse to fight back?

P.P.S.: In that NYT article I linked in the first sentence, it talks about an effort decades ago by Ballantine Books to release a censored version of Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451." How un-self-aware can you be?